85% of electronic voting projects failed in developing countries

About 85% of electronic voting projects in developing countries have failed in some respect, World Bank said. Of those, 35% failed completely, and the statistics in the United States and Europe are just as grim. The Irish government doled out $63 mln to test electronic voting technology but an expert group early this year recommended against using it, due to doubts about its accuracy and secrecy. The government is still trying to fix the problems so the project can be resurrected. Uganda spent $22 mln on e-voting technology, which did not perform well when elections were held in 2001. In the United Kingdom, an online university project cost $23.5 mln, but attracted only 900 students.